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Youngsters Randall & Gibbs Strike As Dudu Comes Close

Croatian forward Eduardo made his long-awaited comeback this evening as Arsenal Reserves secured victory over Portsmouth at Barnet’s Underhill stadium.

The 25-year-old sustained a fractured left leg and dislocated ankle in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Birmingham in the Premier League last term which some believed could end the frontman’s career.

Despite the doubters, ‘Dudu’ managed to get 45 minutes under his belt in what proved to be an impressive performance.

Neat footwork and clever balls were a mainstay of Eduardo’s game last season, and 10 months later Edu’s class shone through once more.

After coming close early on with a weak effort, Arsenal’s goal-poacher put a touch of magic on the Underhill grass just minutes before the half time whistle. He took the ball down and within seconds, flashed a shot which caught Pompey ‘keeper Begovic by surprise and went wide after the Bulgarian got a fingertip to it.

Unfortunately for the hundreds of Gooners inside Underhill and the thousands watching at home, Eduardo’s game came to the end when he was replaced by Amaury Bischoff.

The fans continued to show their support for the player who will now end up like a ‘new-signing’ for Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger was probably thinking the same thing after watching Eduardo’s first half performance.

Spanish midfield sensation Fran Merida capped off a fine display with an assist for Mark Randall. Close pal of Fabregas, Merida played a fantastic pin-point ball straight through to Randall who sidefooted home to the fans’ delight.

Kieran Gibbs secured the 3 points late on with a cracking drive that almost burst the Underhill net open.

It proved to be one of the final moments in what was a wonderful result all-round for the Gunners.

Update: Eduardo sustained a hamstring injury in the closing stages of the first half so he is ruled out of games against Liverpool, Villa and Portsmouth.

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Jonny Neale
Jonny Neale
13 years ago

Yeah Eduardo was good for the two brief flashes mentioned but, lets be honest, other than that, he scarcely saw the ball.
Though obviously it was great to see him playing again, I don’t know that Wenger will have learnt too much we didn’t know already. It’s a shame but I don’t expect we’ll see him back before the New Year.
Great voice from the fans tonight.

Neil
Neil
13 years ago

He’ll be out for another two weeks, he pulled his hamstring

iJemz
13 years ago

I loled at that woman who kept singing.

Jaaack
Jaaack
13 years ago

I know iJemz. She was sooo funny ! Neil Banfield done himself proud with a piece of tactical genious. Moving Merida into the middle released randall who took the chance well. Coquelin was amazing at RB, didnt have to do much defensively but got behind the Pompey defence so many times. Merida played well also, and Wilshere had a blinder. Ramsey’s performance was worryingly poor, so many stray passes ! Randall was average, he blew hot and cold throughout the match. I was also impressed by Rodgers, he was solid and his pace gets him out of awkward situations. Gibbs’… Read more »

pierre
pierre
13 years ago

here you go highlights of last night’s game. just the goals thought http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9lU8LQ4J0A

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